53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2008
I've bought about four or five of these complete works collections from this publisher. They are all exactly what they claim to be: the complete works of the author. For someone who doesn't want to be nickeled and dimed to death, these are a phenomenal value.
54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2008
The answer is certainly yes. The Kindle format continues to amaze and impress me with its ease of use, and more importantly, with its guilt free reading function. The guilt free reading function is the one where you can read a hundred pages on a Kindle, never look at that particular book again, and never feel guilty about having spent $15 + shipping on something you don't intend to complete.
The Dickens collection is wonderful because even if you're big fan of England's second greatest author, you're unlikely to have so many of his works, especially some of the more obscure ones such as "American Notes," which is a journal of his 1842 trip to the U.S.A. This Kindle edition gives you that excellent piece, and of course much more.
The only down side is that the Kindle will, if you hit the wrong button, take you back to the Home page or back to the complete list of all 200 works, so you can end up doing a bit of detective work to get back to where you left off. This isn't a problem with single-book Kindle editions.
This is another example of how the Kindle has, overnight, made vast and important literary collections instantly accessible to the ordinary reading public without having to make the public library your second home, or impoverish oneself, or devote thousands of square feet at home to musty, smelly, roach-loving old books.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Upon first acquiring my Kindle2 this collection was my first purchase. I was delighted to find that it is indeed the complete texts for the works of Charles Dickens. The table of contents makes it easy to navigate this substantial library. I immediately began reading David Copperfield and found the added convenience that every tenth chapter has links to any of the next ten chapters. This gave me some added mile markers by which I could note my progress. I found the text to be very accurate and well formatted. The only things I noticed in this area is the all caps for italics as noted in other reviews and from time to time a new paragraph was not begun when the speaker changed. This later occurrence was infrequent and is easily overwhelmed by the masterful writing and stories herein. For less than $5 this collection could not be passed up and I believe I got more than I paid for. I highly recommended this collection both for its completeness and storytelling without equal. So far I have read four of Dickens major novels and 3 of his short stories and have yet to find anything I don't love. Dickens cannot be missed!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2009
I was bouncing around about buying a Kindle when I came across this collection (and one of Mark Twains). This collection is "absolutely awesome" as one of the other reviewers titled his review. I love Dickens but was unable to find or afford (or store for that matter!) so many works. This goes for Twain, Shakespeare, Bryson, P.J. O'Rourke, H.G. Wells and on and on. Although I don't put all those authors in the same category, it is wonderful to be able to mark up and refer to so many of my favorites. As I say, this collection convinced me to buy a Kindle DX and got me hooked on the format. Amazo - you need to get busy and get lots more books into the Kindle format! Kindle DX: Amazon's 9.7" Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2009
By accident, I just bought both this and the rival complete Dickens on amazon. Opening this one, I was at first dismayed. It launched into the first work, in alphabetical order. However, a trip to the table of contents soon rectified things. I was easily able to navigate to Little Dorrit, and begin to read. Once again, being launched into a preface before I quite got my bearings was odd, but I could easily skip to the Table of Contents for this 1 book (yes, there was one) and proceed. Formatting was a little odd at the beginning of chapters etc. But one reason I now have a Kindle is that my eyes are a bit weak, and I read more easily with larger fonts, and that worked with this book. So for comparison, I went over to the other complete Dickens I had downloaded. Here was a better formatted work (but with only Table of Contents leading to the novel, not 1 for each novel). But to my consternation, the font was small and not adjustable (pdf format?). Anyway, for all its quirks, I like this version better, and it sure is amazing to have this whole library of Dickens accessible on my Kindle.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2008
Charles Dickens. Meh.
Not! The man does verbal gymnastics that would sprain a lesser man's brain, yet weaves stories that still sparkle and resonate some 150 years later.
This Kindle edition is easy to navigate, and the text seems to be complete and accurate, something that cannot always be said with inexpensive editions of classic authors.
I love Charles Dickens, and if you feel the same, give yourself the inexpensive treat of this fine Kindle edition of his collected works.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
ALL of Dickens at your fingertips for less than $5! How is that not amazing?
I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of praise for this collection. It's well organized, with different ways of sorting the works, and *very* low on typos, especially as compared to the typical Kindle edition.
Buy it and immerse yourself in the world of one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) of English novelists.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2009
Great collection, nice original illustrations in Oliver Twist. A great pleasure to read with children!
I've purchased over 30 of these complete author collections from this publisher. These collections work superbly on the Kindle. Take this collection. It includes includes huge number of Charles Dickens' works all in one place, searchable and well-organized. If I would have purchased all these books separately, searching for 'A Christmas Carol' among hundreds of other books on my Kindle would be a nightmare. With Mobile Reference collections, I simply click 'Works of Charles Dickens', then click Fiction> 'A Christmas Carol'. I can also click 'List of works in alphabetical order' > 'C' > 'Christmas Carol'. If I forget the book title but remember that 'A Christmas Carol' was written by Charles Dickens early in his career, I can click on `List of works in chronological order' > (1843) 'A Christmas Carol'.
If I want another author, say, Dostoevsky, I click Home> 'Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky'. I think this format is perfect for organizing books on the Kindle.
Inside collections, each book has links to chapters and footnotes. The text is nicely formatted and seems to be complete and accurate - something that cannot always be said about inexpensive ebooks. I think these collections are great bargains both in terms of saved money, time, and book organization!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2010
Unlike the Complete Works of Jane Austen, which has a list of the included books on the opening page, you use the Menu button to access the Table of Contents in the Charles Dickens book.
I just had to add that in because when I first opened the Charles Dickens book I was like "How the heck do you get to the books!?!?!"
And what a Table of Contents it is!! You can organize the works by Genre and Title, Alphabetical order, Chronological order, by fiction, short stories, non fiction, etc...... very organized and easy to navigate!
A must have for your kindle library!!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2008
This was one of the first books I bought for my Kindle and I wasn't sure what to expect--would the typeface look old? Would there be any organization?
Well, the typeface looks just fine, like all the other Kindle books. There is a table of contents where you can browse for the piece you want to read. And you can reorganize the layout by type of piece or by title. Once you make your selection, there is another table of contents for that particular piece. I did notice a few typos as I read through "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and it is odd to see words written in all caps instead of italics. Also, sometimes there were underlinings that came out like this: _I_. Not sure what that's about.
However, all in all, a good buy.